April 08, 2013
If you are working on a project for any of these sites, have a look at the project City Park by MUTOPIA in Copenhagen.
Orestad was planned with the certainty that a solid backbone (the raised Metro) and an adjoining natural protected ecosystem (Amager Fælled) was enough to ensure success. The designers forgot that it is in the space between the housing blocks that an urban extension succeeds or fails. City Park try to solve a posteriori and with a low budget the failings of the initial urban plan. The project is a model of participation. The park designers organize several meetings with the neighbors. These discussions are called “battles for the park” and allow designers and users to put together their proposals. Circular gardens are, for instance, programmed by the residents of each neighboring block.
More information about Europan 12, here.